PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University softball team put on an offensive show, setting season highs in runs scored and hits, as the Rams outslugged Holy Family 11-8 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday afternoon. The second game was called due to darkness tied at one after eight innings. The game will be rescheduled and started from the beginning per CACC rules.
Philadelphia (5-16, 3-6 CACC) pounded out 13 hits in the victory and eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit. Renee Kakareka (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Reg.) was 3-for-3 and knocked in one run.
The Rams were trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning after leaving six runners on base through four, including three runs in the third, however the offense broke out for five runs to take the lead.
After a Mollie Burrell (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) single started the frame, Pepper ripped a double to right field to send Burrell home for the inning's first run. Philadelphia loaded the bases with no outs thanks to the help of back-to-back Holy Family errors. With one down after a fielder's choice, Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) brought the Rams within a run, getting hit by a Koreen Orozco pitch to force in a run. Then, Kakareka doubled to the left-center field to bring in three runs and put Philadelphia back in front, 7-5.
Holy Family managed to get a run back in the sixth, but Philadelphia responded with another big inning as the Rams scored four times to extend the gap to 11-6. Mariah Hans (Barrington, N.J./Haddon Heights) started the scoring with a one-out double to left center. Two batters later, Levins stroked a double down the left-field line to bring home the ninth and 10th runs of the day. Kakareka capped her day at the plate by driving in Levins with a single.
The Tigers pushed two runs across in their final at-bat with back-to-back two-out hits.
Pepper was the winning pitcher with 2.2 innings of relief. She struck out two batters.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) had a two-run single in the last of the second inning to open the scoring.
Holy Family (8-13, 2-5 CACC) had 11 hits, two each from Taylor Favinger, Jennifer Trapp, and Orozco. Orozco tied the game at two with a single in the fourth that drove in two. Kristine Casey put the Tigers in front as she tripled in two runs in a three-run fifth.
Philadelphia heads to Post for a CACC doubleheader on Thursday, March 31 at 3 p.m.